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Simple Tips To Improve Your Network Security

Cybersecurity has been huge issue in 2016 and you need to be aware of the current threats that almost all businesses are facing, as cyber-attacks are likely to increase in 2017. Big names such as TalkTalk, Apple and eBay have recently been affected by cyber-attacks and while they have large security teams working 24/7 to protect their network it shows that everybody and anybody can be affected by attacks. Here are some simple tips on how to improve your network security.

Use strong passwords. It really is important that everyone in your business uses strong passwords, as easy to guess passwords are the easiest way in for any hackers. Each password should contain an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter and a number or special character (or both!) and be at least 8 characters long. It’s a good idea to change passwords every 60 to 90 days so that passwords remain complex to crack. Always remember to never use the same password for every site you log into, because if someone gains access to the password they can log into all the sites that use the same password.

Keep software up-to-date. Software is constantly being updated by developers and it is usually for a very good reason. Security loopholes are often found and they need to be fixed so the software isn’t as vulnerable to attacks. Even though it can be annoying getting update reminders, it’s a good idea if you install the updates immediately so that you have the newest version of the software available.

Make sure your employees know the basics when it comes to cybersecurity. Most employees aren’t even aware of the dangers involved in network security, so they need to know what the risks are because hackers know that users are the weakest link in any network. Even the employee who hardly ever uses a computer needs to know that you shouldn’t open email attachments from unknown senders. Phishing is when an attacker tries to gain access to login credentials or account information by pretending to be a reputable entity such as a bank. Phishing is becoming an increasing concern as phishing can sometimes be very hard to identify.

Use a reliable Hardware Firewall. A firewall is a key line of defense on your network. A firewall will keep an eye out for all unauthorised processes going on in the background and block the dangerous ones while letting you access the safe ones. Firewalls can be set up to protect both your software and your hardware and reduce the chances of hazardous files entering your network.

Keep Backups. If something does go wrong, it’s important that you’ve got a backup for everything important or your data could be lost forever, which could be devastating for your business. There are two good options for backing up, cloud storage or by using removable backup hard-drives. Cloud storage is affordable and is great as backups can be done automatically and the data is stored in a different secure location. Remember to use two-step verification when using cloud storage, because this makes your account more secure.

They are just some tips on how you can improve your network’s cybersecurity, however cybersecurity is often a complex issue and if you need more help on cybersecurity you should consult an expert.

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